Personal Development

Next week is Mental Health Awareness week, with a specific focus on anxiety.

To help raise awareness, we will be posting a daily resource from some of our favourite pioneers who are challenging the way we think about and treat mental health and anxiety.

To get the ball rolling, here is some background on anxiety:

The Facts.

  • In any given week in England, 6 in 100 people will be diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder (Mind)
  • In the UK, over 8 million people are experiencing an anxiety disorder at any one time (Mental Health UK)
  • Less than 50% of people with generalised anxiety disorder access treatment (Mental Health Foundation)
  • An estimated 822,000 workers are affected by work-related stress, depression or anxiety every year (Health and Safety Executive)

What anxiety is.

Anxiety is a perfectly natural and normal reaction that lives within all of us. It’s a human emotion that can spur us on, keep us alert and safe and even motivate us towards a goal. However, when overused and out of control, no matter how confident, educated, famous, competent, brave or strong someone seems, anxiety can be hiding under the surface, causing all manner of difficulties. Biochemically, anxiety is a combination of hormones and neurotransmitters called Epinephrine and Norepinephrine which are responsible for the adrenaline and energy that gets pumped through our bodies. It’s an essential human function that we all need to perform and even survive but when it takes over it becomes the inner battle that some are fighting but no one can see.

When anxiety can appear.

Anxiety is what we feel when a stressful situation takes place, or we feel worried, tense, afraid or under threat. It occurs when our psychology interacts with our physiology causing a reaction that sends our system into chaos.

A spell of anxiety can happen anywhere at anytime and not even be related to what is going on at that particular time. Apple TV's hit show 'Ted Lasso' demonstrates what a panic attack can be like and has helped many people come to terms with what they might be experiencing.

The signs of anxiety are...

  • Regularly feeling nervous, restless, frustrated and irritated
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling twitchy, agitated and fearful
  • Increased heart rate, headaches, muscle aches and a churning stomach

When it becomes a problem.

Anxiety becomes a problem when the above symptoms last longer than expected after a stressful situation has ended. It can become more severe over time and limit our ability to do something or live a life that’s free from worry.

Anxiety is not for life.

Anxiety isn’t a disease or lifetime curse, it can be a temporary condition that is manageable and curable with the right approach and strategy that works for the individual. We’re not saying that there’s a magic wand, or an easy solution that’s guaranteed to cure it. Managing anxiety is as personal to those who are suffering depending upon the reason they have the condition in the first place, but there are proven strategies that can help ease the chaos we feel when anxiety takes hold.

So please get involved by sharing your experiences, methods, strategies and stories over on LinkedIn – anxiety is something that affects more of us than you’d expect, so let’s speak up and make it okay to talk about how we’re feeling – after all, a problem shared is a problem halved. 

Quick links.

👉 Monday: Identifying stressful triggers and managing reactions ‘colourfully’

👉 Tuesday: Mental Health OR Brain Health – an alternative perspective

👉 Wednesday: BEAT it – a practical, in-the-moment technique to manage anxiety and panic attacks

👉 Thursday: How to help someone at work with anxiety

👉Friday: Round up and Apps to help you along the way

#mentalhealthawareness #tohelpmyanxiety

We're in this together!

James Hampton (He/Him)

James Hampton (He/Him)


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